How long does it take for an arrest warrant to reach Mumbai from Muzaffarpur in Bihar, located about 2,014 km away?
Ten days after a first-class judicial magistrate’s court in Muzaffarpur issued an arrest warrant against MNS chief Raj Thackeray, the Mumbai police claimed that they were yet to receive a copy of the warrant for its execution.
“We have not received any warrant so far,” said Senior Inspector MA Gundewadi, of the Shivaji Park police station, on Friday. Even Commissioner of Police D Sivanandhan seemed unsure about receiving the warrant. “I have not come across it so far,” he said.
On October 6, first-class judicial magistrate in Muzaffarpur Sahab Kaushar had issued the arrest warrant against Thackeray for making “hate speeches” against Biharis and directed the Mumbai police commissioner to arrest and produce him in court on November 2.
Kaushar was peeved at Thackeray’s non-compliance of the court order to represent his case on previous dates.
On February 2, 2008, advocate Sudhir Ojha filed a complaint in the court of chief judicial magistrate (Muzaffarpur), seeking action against Thackeray.
Ojha claimed that in January 31, 2008, Thackeray had made “insulting and hate speeches against Biharis and Chhat Puja”.
The case was later transferred to the first-class judicial magistrate.
Sources in the Mumbai police told Hindustan Times that action against Thackeray is unlikely before the Assembly poll results were announced and the new government is sworn in.
“Any action against Thackeray in the intervening period may trigger a law and order situation,” a source said.